On Friday, April 21st, as a part of Autism Awareness Month, the entire CIP Berkeley crew went to the home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park, to prepare for EdRev, an education conference for people with learning differences.
The theme of the event is, “A Day to Think Differently.” Together with CIP staff, the students teamed-up to stuff 1,500 swag bags for conference attendees. Whether they were on the assembly lines, transfer stations, or ripping into fresh boxes of goodies, the CIP crew was able to find a workflow that involved kind teamwork and a whole lot of fun.
Our veteran student, Jake, who does not have Autism, enjoyed volunteering for the event and liked that he was supporting several of his fellow CIP students who have Autism by spreading Autism awareness. He teamed up with another EdRev volunteer at the event and worked on the first step of assembling the gift bags. They shared information with each other about why they were there; Jake told him about CIP and Autism Awareness month and learned about the volunteer's child with dyslexia. After the event, Jake stated, "Every possibility comes with the opportunity to make a difference." Students and staff had a wonderful time volunteering at the event and hope to do it again next year!